Upcoming Events

Weekly Events

Yoga with Monica

Meets Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Open to all! This yoga is a gentle, restorative, healing experience. Focus is on holding poses, core movement, and breathing meditation, with care to protect the low back and neck. Drop in and give it a try! Cost is $13.00 a session.

Weekly Meditation Group: every wednesday

Please join us for the Wednesday sitting meditation at 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the USSB Sanctuary. No experience required. Take a breath, get centered and feel grounded mid-week. Kids are welcome to play with supervision while their grown-ups meditate. Email if you have any questions: maureen@ussb.org.



Saturday, September 7, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sanctuary doors open at 6:00 p.m. for ticket sales.

$10 requested minimum donation; tickets at the door only. No one will be turned away for lack of funds

All funds raised will be donated to the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center & SB ACT Asylum Seeker Flexible Dollars Fund

New Member Orientation Sunday, September 8

This monthly class is the first in the New Member Journey, a series of classes designed to help prepare people to become members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. It is a simple, 45-minute introduction and brief campus tour. This class is welcome to anyone, whether a recent visitor or a longtime visitor. Feel free to contact Maureen at maureen@ussb.org with any questions.

Solidarity and Compassion Meets Wednesday, September 11

Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. We are thrilled to offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Membership 101 Saturday, September 14

This class will be a three-hour dive into the history, philosophy, and social justice aspects of Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, led by Rev. Julia Hamilton and Director of Congregational Life Maureen Claffey. There will be many opportunities to ask questions, discuss spirituality, and more. By the end, participants will understand how and why to become a USSB member, formally, and they will be given the opportunity to join the congregation, if they choose. Email maureen@ussb.org for more information.

Vegan Potluck Sunday, September 15

Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Our USSB monthly vegan potluck is a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Email albanese@ religion.ucsb.edu. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.

Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group Monday, September 16

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting promptly at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one. After an intro for newbies, topics discussed will include time as an illusion, how consciousness creates reality, the meaning of the Higgs boson, and the Universe as a conscious mind.

Advance Care Directive Workshop meets Wednesday, September 18

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well continues with its monthly Advance Care Directive workshops. It’s all happening the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. These free workshops provide trained facilitators and all the materials you need to get the job done. Click here for more information and to register or call the Alliance for Living and Dying Well at (805) 845-5314.

Great Decisions Fall Series begins Wednesday, September 18

The USSB Great Decision program is pleased to offer several programs this fall beginning with Steve Zipperstein’s lecture on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. A former member of the U.S. Justice Department, where he served as special counsel for Robert S. Mueller III, Steve will discuss the Mueller Report and recent activities likely to lead to a formal impeachment inquiry. Steve is uniquely informed on the current complexities surrounding the report and pending investigations, and those who attended his lecture on cyber security last April will recall he is an excellent speaker and enjoys a lively Q&A! On Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall, UCSB Professor John Park will return to discuss immigration, and we just confirmed that state senator Hannah Beth Jackson will be our speaker on Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Visit our Great Decisions page for more information. Questions? Feel free to contact John Warnock at johnwwarnock@gmail.com.

Local and Global Religions begins Sunday, September 22

If you have ever wondered what happens in other churches and faith traditions, then this program is for you. Your guides Chris Shorb and Nate Rich will be leading tours to “faiths unknown.” Visits will be followed up by a discussion the following week. All are welcomed to attend and you can join at any time. All are invited to an orientation meeting on Sunday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Blake Lounge.

Women’s Empowerment Project

In both services on Sunday, September 22, Dana Zurzolo will speak to the congregation about her arts and crafts project at Girls Inc. this past summer, which was awarded the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Fund grant. Come and hear what she has accomplished to benefit teen and pre-teen girls.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 6, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall

The Women’s Empowerment Speaker Series will kick off with a lecture, “The Christian Roots of Feminism,” with guest speaker Dr. Helen Rhee, Professor of Religious Studies at Westmont College. There will be a Q & A with the speaker. Following that, a panel of local clergy invited by Rev. Julia will describe the efforts their congregations are making to benefit women and girls. Another Q & A will follow. This promises to be an exciting evening! Please come and bring your friends. Everyone is welcome. Donations will be accepted at the door to cover refreshments and an honorarium for the speaker.

Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, September 24

All USSB members are welcome to attend. Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Visit www.ussb.org/board-of-trustees for more information.

Coming in October

Alliance Meets Friday, October 4

Meets at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Join us on the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Coffee and tea will be served. Your contribution of some goodies to share makes our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you.

Vegan Film Night Friday, October 11

The next Vegan Film Night will be on Friday evening, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge.  The film to be screened is PlantPure Nation. This acclaimed documentary tells the story of three people on a quest to share one of the most important health breakthroughs of our time. After renowned nutritional scientist and bestselling author T. Colin Campbell successfully addressed the Kentucky House of Representatives, his son Nelson and Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner proposed a pilot legislative program to document the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Once the legislation went to committee, however, agribusiness lobbyists killed it.  Undeterred, Nelson Campbell decided to try his own pilot project in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina. The effort was wildly successful. Filmed across the U.S., PlantPure Nation explores the topical issues of the small family farmer, food deserts, modern medicine, and the challenges of getting plant-based nutrition included in the political process.

Courage to Search

The Adult Religious Education (ARE) team—Nancy Edmundson, Paul Freeman, and Ann Taves—invites you to participate in Courage to Search, a workshop-based approach to personal exploration, sharing, and reflection designed to help participants better understand who they are, where they came from, and how they might evolve as individuals. The program will include a three-hour introductory workshop on Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and be followed up with sessions on Sunday, October 13 (12:30 to 2:00 p.m.), Wednesday, October 16 (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, October 20 (12:30 to 2:00 p.m.). There will be more dates in January and April. Pick up a brochure for more details. We will have a limited number of spaces for participants who are able to commit to attending all four October meetings. If you are interested, please let Director of Lifespan Education Kathleen Hogue know (kathleen@ussb.org) by Sunday, September 29.

Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.

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